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Old Hulhule-Hulhumale link road to be converted to lagoon

Fathmath Shaahunaz
15 July 2019, MVT 10:18
A seaplane flies over Hulhumale to land in the lagoon of VIA. PHOTO: HUSSAIN RASHEED / MIHHARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
15 July 2019, MVT 10:18

Maldives Airports and Company Ltd (MACL) revealed Sunday that work is underway to convert the causeway, formerly used to travel between the airport island of Hulhule' and reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale', as part of the former's lagoon for seaplane docking.

MACL's Corporate Communications General Manager Hassan Areef told local media Mihaaru that expansion of the seaplane docking area would be completed by the time Velana International Airport (VIA)'s new seaplane terminal was developed.

He noted that the project would provide a greater area for seaplane take-offs and landings, and ensure greater security.

Ongoing dredging to convert the former Hulhule'-Hulhumale link road back into the lagoon of VIA. PHOTO: HUSSAIN RASHEED / MIHHARU

Areef reiterated that, with the expansion, the seaplanes' landing route over Hulhumale' would also be scrapped.

"After the expansion, all seaplanes would come round the eastern coast of Hulhumale' [for landing]", he said.

The expansion of the seaplane docking area is contracted to Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

According to the corporation's Managing Director Suhail Ahmed, dredging of the area would be completed within three months.

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